Oh yes, I most certainly have had worse days. Strangely though I never doubted it would be our day. When I say never, I am perhaps going overboard, but have you ever seen a team so desperately in need of three points play so negatively? City got exactly what they deserved. Nothing.
On arrival at the Grove we had something of a surprise when it filtered through that Yossi Benayoun had been picked ahead of Ramsey, Gervinho, and Oxlade-Chamberlain for the left wing berth. Surprise maybe, but credit Le Boss for a masterstroke. The Israeli was ideally suited to the pressing game we played with real gusto.
The tension, a good sort of tension it was too, if that makes sense, was almost eased When Robin van Persie was denied an opening goal by the unfortunate Thomas Vermaelen. It ramped up a notch when the loathsome Balotelli attempted to snap Alex Song’s leg in two. How that was not a red card was a mystery to all. A string of offences and bad challenges meant it was only a matter of time before he got the colour of card his performance merited.
Meanwhile Arsenal just powered on and on, giving City no time and space in which to play. The breakthrough should have come first when van Persie was denied by the post, then Walcott hit a post and Benayoun put the rebound wide from point blank range. Then just as we suspected a point would be our only reward Mikel Arteta lit the Grove up with a superb strike from distance. Less than half a Nasri he cost. Thanks for funding him for us, City.
Cue the Poznan. Instinctive, infectious, wonderful to witness, even in Club Level. The final insult to the mercenaries who didn’t have the team spirit, or it seemed the desire, to sustain their title challenge. They serve as a lesson to us as the final six games loom into view. We must not allow our focus to slip in similar fashion. The evidence of yesterday suggests it won’t. Like the Tottenham home game both team and support gave everything. That is the blueprint for what remains.
It was a very good day to be a Gooner.
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